Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic treatment that primarily focuses on the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. It shares much in common with psychoanalysis and is often considered a simpler, less time consuming alternative. Like psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. Psychodynamic therapy increases a client’s self-awareness and grows their understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. It allows clients to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past experiences and explore how they are manifesting themselves in current behaviors, such as the need and desire to abuse substances. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s psychodynamic therapy experts today.

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Psychodynamic therapy is based on the concept that talking about problems can help people learn and develop the skills they need to address them. It is an approach that embraces the multifaceted aspects of an individual’s life. It strives to help people understand the sometimes unknown or unconscious motivations behind difficult feelings and behaviors. Having this insight can lead to symptom relief, help people feel better, and allow them to make better choices.

— Whitney Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

Psychodynamic psychotherapy refers to an approach and theory that assumes that early life experience informs and shapes our current relationships and emotional state. It is loosely related to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis (see below). In psychodynamic therapy, the relationship and interaction with the therapist is seen as a primary mode of effecting positive or developmental change. Therapy tends to involve exploration of both current as well as past experiences, often uncovering aspects of a persons thoughts and emotions that were not fully realized or understood. It is through this new understanding and emotional exploration that negative or stuck states of mind and/or relationships are healed, resolved or developed.

— Bear Korngold, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Working to uncover what you may have held onto for a long time, we will use talk therapy designed to bring together the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. The aim is to feel balanced and whole. Therapy calls for you to delve into the deeper elements of your mind and look at the “real” self rather than the self you present to the outside world.

— Jennifer Arthington, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Insight can be a powerful conduit for gaining self-awareness of more unconscious, hidden parts of the self. Although behavior in and of itself can be an effective focus on therapy; it is not the only focus.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA

In a nutshell, your mind knows what you need to talk about. It knows what needs to be brought from unconscious to conscious. You are in charge, and whatever comes to mind when we are together is relevant, even if it's not obvious why. Over time, paying attention to what comes up and the patterns that emerge is what allows for change.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

I am trained in Psychodynamic Therapy. I will help you learn about how your past informs your present and how to untangle lifelong patterns.

— Melissa Barbash, Counselor in Denver, CO

I believe it’s important to focus on and address the underlying causes and maintenance factors of mental or emotional struggles, not just on modifying the present behaviors. Compulsive behaviors and disorders arise as a somewhat adaptive response to unmet needs or painful experiences; they help clients survive or cope with something they otherwise could not have.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN

Psychodynamic therapy explores the patterns and cycles that have repeated in your life, including patterns of thoughts and feelings. Together, we work to understand these cycles that you may feel trapped by. With that understanding, a path to peace and freedom opens up through self-reflection and self-compassion.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

I am psychodynamically oriented in my approach, as this approach places importance on the factors that shaped the individual. Particularly, the development of self during childhood and the lessons that our family of origin or primary caregivers gave us. The patterns from childhood of boundary setting, ability to be assertive, identifying needs, and level of comfort with intimacy continue to impact the present. Identifying these patterns allows us to set new patterns that serve us as adults.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

Early life experiences impact us deeply, so understanding where you came from and how you got to this place is essential for any meaningful change. And no, I don't think we'll be blaming your parent's for everything that is wrong, but I do think we need to see how early life patterns present themselves in the here-and-now.

— AJ Rich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Freud is so underrated! If you want to know why you're suffering, psychoanalyses is the answer! I have read countless books, attended many trainings, and have undergone the therapy myself. This is not for the faint of heart :) Here, we will be unearthing the origins of your entire personality. True freedom awaits.

— Meredith Parker, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

While I integrate elements of mindfulness and CBT, my therapeutic style is primarily relational.

— Jodie Deignan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in White Plains, NY

During my graduate studies I immersed myself in coursework related to object relations. I value the theory and approaches refined by the intellectual descendants of Sigmund Freud. During my traineeship, I was supervised by a highly experienced clinician who considered her approach to be informed by object relations theory. I continue to pursue education through the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR